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Travel Inspiration – Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit for an autumn/winter escape

With an average yearly temperature of 27 degrees, a range of new boutique properties, virgin beaches fringed with lush vegetation, authentic Huichol art and culture and an abundance of authentic seafood restaurants, Riviera Nayarit, located on Mexico’s Pacific coast is well-suited as an autumn/ winter destination.

Our Top Three

Here we highlight captivating destinations in Riviera Nayarit:

Sayulita: Sayulita is rapidly becoming known as the “trendiest town in Mexico” thanks to its friendly, laid-back atmosphere, idyllic surfing beaches, the authentic Huichol art of the area and its boho-chic style that permeates its streets, shops, galleries and hotels.

The Historic Port of San Blas: The port city of San Blas is a rapidly growing tourism destination, thanks to its many beaches, colonial history, Spanish fort, excellent restaurants and an abundance of migratory birds which attract ornithologists from around the world. The La Tovara National Park nearby is a federally protected mangrove forest with abundant wildlife including birds, crocodiles and turtles.

Marietas Islands: Situated in Banderas Bay, the Marietas Islands are a wildlife sanctuary, home to many endangered bird species as well as rare coral reefs. Boat tours from Nuevo Vallarta to Punta de Mita are available to enjoy snorkelling, diving, swimming, birdwatching and the famous Hidden Beach.

New Hotels

One&Only Mandarina – November 2020

One&Only Mandarina will make its debut in the destination with 104 villas, as well as 54 Private Homes, amongst the first One&Only residences in the world. All within a stone’s throw from palm-fringed sands, swimmable shores and an energetic environment crafted for reconnection and chic, laid-back living.

Mandarina Polo and Equestrian Club – Later 2020

Later this year, Mandarina will open the world-class Mandarina Polo and Equestrian Club, where riders of all ages and abilities will gather from around the world to learn, practice or compete.

Occidental Nuevo Vallarta – Later 2020

Occidental Nuevo Vallarta by Barceló Hotel Group will complete the properties extension project, adding an additional 92 new rooms. The new rooms will offer enviable views of the Pacific Ocean.


Renowned for its eclectic charm, luxurious hospitality and authentic appeal, Riviera Nayarit has earned global recognition as the Pacific Coast’s treasure destination. Situated within Mexican state Nayarit, the region offers 192 miles of pristine Pacific coastline, the wondrous Sierra Madre Mountains, the spectacular Banderas Bay and endless protected natural marvels. Riviera Nayarit is home to resort town Nuevo Vallarta, historic village San Blas, exclusive celebrity haven Punta de Mita, “boho-chic” surf mecca Sayulita and a variety of picturesque fishing villages. Activities include from world-class golf courses, zip lining, diving and surfing to bird watching, whale watching and turtle release programs. Accommodations range from luxury branded resort destinations and family-friendly all-inclusive to intimate boutique properties and everything in between.

Location and Geography: The region is part of the State of Nayarit in Mexico, just north of Puerto Vallarta International Airport. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Riviera Nayarit boasts approximately 186 miles of beaches, mountains, nature sanctuaries and golden sand. Riviera Nayarit has an average yearly temperature of 27°C.

Language and Culture: English is widely spoken in the main tourist areas; however, Spanish is the native language. The Huichol culture is an important part of the Riviera Nayarit experience for travellers, and there are several destination-wide initiatives in place that support cultural preservation and sustainable growth for the native community. One of the main ways the destination does this is through the Huichol Tour, which takes travellers behind the scenes to experience the villages, ceremonial sites, rituals and traditions of the Huichol first-hand.

Gastronomy: Riviera Nayarit offers many fine dining restaurants as well as intimate cafes and lively bars. Visitors can enjoy the fresh seafood, authentic Mexican cuisine and top-quality international restaurants.